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National Library of Medicine Creating Scientific Director Position

January 23, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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As part of a reorganization of its intramural research activities, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a search for a scientific director, a newly created position.

All of Us Team Building Data Browser, Researcher Workbench

January 23, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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As the national All of Us research program begins collecting health data, its Research Hub, which will house an array of data collected in the program, is developing software tools to help researchers explore and analyze the All of Us Research Data Set.

Moving Forward with Digital Transformation, with Cybersecurity in Mind

January 22, 2019  |  Heather Landi. Associate Editor
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While digital transformation and cybersecurity strategy may seem largely unrelated, two technology thought leaders say the two issues are intertwined, particularly as healthcare organizations face evolving cyber threats.

Survey: Digital, AI Top Priorities in 2019, but EHRs Will Dominate IT Spend

January 22, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are top spending priorities for healthcare executives in 2019, but EHR systems will dominate technology spending budgets, according to a recent technology-focused healthcare survey.

Walgreens, Microsoft Ink Strategic Deal to “Transform Healthcare Delivery”

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces on a major seven-year healthcare partnership that will aim to make healthcare delivery more personal, affordable and accessible.

“Revolutionizing” Healthcare: How Non-Traditional Players are Shaking Up the Sector

January 15, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Could consolidation and contentment among major healthcare stakeholders—both on the provider and vendor fronts—open the door for new disruptors with innovative solutions?

ONC Report: Health IT Progress Stifled by Technical, Financial Barriers

January 15, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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While progress has been made in the adoption of health IT across the U.S. healthcare industry, significant interoperability hurdles remain, including technical, financial and trust barriers, according to a report from ONC.

New Analysis in the New England Journal Finds the Leveraging of IT for Population Health To Be Inadequate

January 14, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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A new analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and looking at the policy and IT elements around population health development, concludes that healthcare leaders need to up their game around all those elements

Machine Learning Survey: Many Organizations Several Years Away from Adoption, Citing Cost

January 10, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Radiologists and imaging leaders see an important role for machine learning in radiology going forward, however, most organizations are still two to three years away from adopting the technology, and a sizeable minority have no plans to adopt machine learning,...

New Health Affairs Study: Medicare’s Readmissions Reduction Program Less Effective Than Widely Believed

January 9, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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A study of the data involved in the Medicare program’s mandatory readmissions reduction program has found the results of the program to be considerably weaker than they appear at first sight

Drexel University Moves Forward on Leveraging NLP to Improve Clinical and Research Processes

January 8, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At Drexel University, Walter Niemczura is helping to lead an ongoing initiative to improve research processes and clinical outcomes through the leveraging of NLP technology

Artificial Intelligence Helps Detect Early Heart Disease, Mayo Researchers Find

January 8, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A new Mayo Clinic study has found that applying artificial intelligence (AI) to an electrocardiogram (EKG) test results in an easy early indicator of asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction, which is a precursor to heart failure.

Digital Health Funding Hits Record $8.1B in 2018

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health funding hit $8.1 billion in 2018, surpassing 2017’s record-setting total of $5.7 billion by a tremendous 42 percent, according to Rock Health’s year-end report.

Healthcare Execs Accelerating Investment in AI, Citing Fear of Disruption

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Three out of four healthcare executive leaders (77 percent) report that the pace of investment in big data and artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating at their organizations, in large part due to concerns about disruptive forces and competitors.

GE Healthcare, Vanderbilt Working on AI-Powered Cancer Immunotherapies

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and GE Healthcare, based in Chicago, have formed a five-year partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI)-powered applications to develop more precise cancer immunotherapies for patients.

AI and Healthcare: Cure-All, Poison Pill, or Simply Smarter Medicine?

January 7, 2019  |  Josh Gluck, adjunct professor, NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, Industry Voice
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AI is moving from hypothetical to business critical in healthcare. Implementing AI may seem like a cure-all to every hospital woe, from data entry to imaging, and it would be easy to get overwhelmed.

Ed Kopetsky Named CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Ed Kopetsky, CIO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health, has been named the 2018 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award recipient by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare...

One Thought-Leader’s Look at the New Social Contract in Medicine and Healthcare

January 7, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Healthcare thought-leader Michael Millenson shares his perspectives on the emerging new social contract around medical care and healthcare—in a time of accelerating technology disruption

Verily Receives $1B Investment to Support Partnerships, Acquisitions

January 4, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Verily, an Alphabet company, announced a $1 billion investment round, led by global technology investment firm Silver Lake, to support investments in healthcare and life sciences strategic partnerships and potential acquisitions.

Taking a Deep Dive into 2018’s M&A Activity, and What It Means for Healthcare

January 2, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The healthcare landscape saw some seismic shifts in 2018 due to vertical mergers and large-scale acquisitions. What do the M&A deals of 2018 spell for the year ahead?

Precision Medicine Panel Recommends Study of ‘California Patient Record’

January 2, 2019  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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A State of California advisory committee’s action plan for precision medicine offers several recommendations, including exploring the feasibility of a California Patient Record that would give all Californians the ability to access their complete health record.

Managed Care Quality Agency NQCA Expands into Key Areas Around Population Health

January 1, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Last month, NCQA, which has been measuring and validating health plan quality for nearly three decades, announced the creation of two programs around population health, and pop health IT capabilities

Healthcare Outlook: How the Industry Will Trend and Transform in 2019

December 31, 2018  |  By Timothy C. Peck, M.D., Industry Voice, co-founder and CEO, Call9
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This past year was a transformative one for healthcare. Here are five trends that will impact the health tech landscape in 2019.

The Internet of Medical Things: Better Patient Care and Improved Clinical Management

December 27, 2018  |  Mark Wolff, Ph.D., Industry Voice, Chief Health Analytics Strategist, SAS Global IoT Division
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The potential for a healthcare Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is huge. IoMT paves the way for a huge leap forward in patient care. What does IoMT in healthcare look like today and in the future?

Survey: Physician Sentiment Mixed on Benefits of Data, Analytics Tools

December 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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A new research report reveals physicians’ continuing dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) and this frustration with EHRs may slow physicians’ immediate acceptance of new data and analytics tools.

Rasu Shrestha Leaving UPMC to Join Atrium Health as Chief Strategy Officer

December 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Industry thought leader Rasu Shrestha, M.D., formerly Chief Innovation Officer at the vast 40-hospital UPMC, is leaving Pittsburgh to join Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health has the new executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

When It Comes to The Big Debate on ACOs, What Is “Big Enough” Savings?

December 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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The back-and-forth interaction between CMS Administrator Seema Verma and the ACO community is unfolding in a fascinating, if unpredictable way, at a key inflection point in the evolution of the MSSP program

At UPMC, Turbo-Charging Quality Improvement Efforts through Data Analytics

December 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At UPMC in Pittsburgh, Dr. Oscar Marroquin is leading a team of data analysts whose work is facilitating efforts to improve outcomes around readmissions and other important areas

NCQA Moves Into the Population Health Sphere With Two New Programs

December 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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The NCQA, known primarily for decades as a nationwide evaluator of managed health plan quality, announced on Monday that it was expanding its reach to encompass the measurement of population health management programs

The Modern Healthcare CIO, CMO, and CTO

December 10, 2018  |  Lori Williams, Industry Voice, vice president of fulfillment, Gigster
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Members of the healthcare industry C-suite have the power to transform lives, and the CIO, CMO and CTO have roles that directly affect a provider’s ability to carry out positive change

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